“Escape the crowds of the Everest Base Camp Trek and take the road less traveled. This is the Everest Gokyo Lake Trek, where you’ll get an authentic glimpse of timeless Himalayan culture—and all the mountain views your heart could desire.”
Everest Gokyo Lake Trek highlights
- Experience an awe-inspiring mountain flight between Kathmandu and Lukla
- Acquaint yourself with the culture and traditions of the friendly Sherpa people
- Climb to the high-altitude Gokyo Lakes and enjoy stunning mountain views
- Gaze upon the magnificence of world-class mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu
- Ascend to the peak of Gokyo Ri (5,360 meters) for unforgettable panoramic views of the Himalayas
A Great Alternative to the Everest Base Camp Trek
If there’s too much hustle and bustle along the trails of the Everest Base Camp Trek to tempt you into Nepal’s mountainous Khumbu region, consider the Everest Gokyo Lake Trek instead.
This is the Khumbu as it used to be: winding riverine trails still free of crowds, mountainside Sherpa villages where yaks still graze in herds, and quiet alpine viewpoints where the skyscraping peaks of the high Himalayas still exert a powerful hush over the landscape.
Alpine Ramble Treks has carefully designed a 10-day Everest trekking itinerary for travelers who want to avoid the crowds without missing out on the very best that the region has to offer, including dramatic views of Everest’s picture-perfect northwest face.
Experience the Allure of Trekking in Nepal
A front-and-center view of Mount Everest is only one of many highlights of our 10-day Everest Gokyo Lake Trek.
As we ascend from the airport at Lukla to delve into the world’s highest mountains, we’ll trek beneath the overhanging summits of Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu to reach the storied villages of Phakding and Namche Bazaar.
And it’s here that our route diverges from the Everest Base Camp Trek, ascending through the wild and rugged environment of Sagarmatha National Park on quiet trails to explore traditional Sherpa communities, ancient monasteries, and spellbinding scenes of natural beauty.
These incredible glimpses into the scenery and culture of Nepal are what makes trekking in the Himalayas so unforgettable.
What can you expect on the Everest Gokyo Lake Trek?
Our trek is named after the Gokyo Lakes. At 4,700 meters above sea level, these lakes comprise the highest freshwater lake system on the planet, and there are actually six main bodies of water.
We’ll pay a close visit to three of the most beautiful: Longponga Tso, Taujung Tso, and Gokyo Tso. There is scarcely any beauty in the world that can compare with the deep malachite color of their waters rippling in an alpine breeze or the ethereal reflection of the Ngozumpa glacier shimmering across the surface of the lakes when the wind drops.
We’ll also ascend to the marvelous viewpoint of Gokyo Ri, where your exertion on the trail will be rewarded with astonishing panoramic views of Khumbu’s most magnificent mountains.
So if the Everest Gokyo Lake Trek sounds like the adventure you’ve been craving, reach out to Alpine Ramble Treks today! We are standing by via WhatsApp at +977 9851175531
Best Time of Year for the Everest Gokyo Lake Trek
The best time of year for the Everest Gokyo Lake Trek is much the same as the best time of year for the Everest Base Camp Trek. Weather in Nepal is variable, and the best trekking seasons are usually determined by the arrival of the summer monsoon.
In order to avoid the wettest conditions, many hikers travel during the spring, which occurs from February to March. This is the time of year when wildflowers are in bloom and temperatures are at their most comfortable.
Other trekkers might prefer to undertake the Everest Gokyo Lake Trek during the autumn season, between September and November.
This is perhaps the best time of year for crisp days and clear mountain views. Of course, winter treks are also possible; while temperatures can be cold and trails can be packed with snow, there is an undeniable appeal to enjoying the majesty of the Khumbu without a crowd.
We typically recommend against hiking the Everest Gokyo Lake Trek during summer. If your schedule only allows you to visit Nepal during the summer, Alpine Ramble Treks will be happy to arrange a proper Himalayan adventure on one of our many alternate routes.
Please note: On rare occasions, domestic flights between Kathmandu and Lukla may be delayed or canceled due to weather conditions. This can happen during any time of the year, and you can rest assured that Alpine Ramble Treks will work with you to make any possible alternative arrangements to minimize the interruption to your holiday.
Everest Gokyo Lake Trek Difficulty
While prior trekking experience is not a prerequisite for our Everest Gokyo Lake Trek package, this is a moderately difficult hiking trail with a maximum elevation of more than 5,000 meters.
You’ll be walking for six or seven hours each day, and the trail ascends and descends as it winds through countless side valleys and high-altitude mountain passes.
For these reasons, you should be in good health and have physical fitness before embarking on this trek. Walking, running, and other forms of cardiovascular exercise are great ways to prepare for the opportunity to visit the high-altitude Gokyo Lakes.
An expert guide from Alpine Ramble Treks will also be assigned to watch over you, monitor your progress and condition, and shepherd you safely all the way from Luka to Gokyo—and back again.
More Everest Trekking Options
If our 10-day Everest Gokyo Lake Trek isn’t quite what you’re looking for, Alpine Ramble Treks has plenty of Everest trekking alternatives here in Khumbu. Consider our 12-day Everest Base Camp Trek or our eight-day alternative option.
And if you’re only here on a brief visit, you can still enjoy the splendor of the world’s tallest mountain by booking our Everest Helicopter Tour or Scenic Everest Flight.
With convenient departures from Kathmandu, these day trips are a fantastic way to get up close and personal with Mt. Everest when you’re short on time. We can also arrange for trips to any other region of Nepal, like the fantastic Annapurnas or the exciting Langtang region.
Additional benefits of this trek
- Free transfers to and from Tribhuvan International Airport upon arrival and departure.
- Complimentary use of any necessary trekking equipment, such as sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, walkie-talkies, trekking poles, and an oximeter to monitor your oxygen and pulse.
- Fun souvenirs of your Himalayan adventure: a trekking route map, a t-shirt emblazoned with the Alpine Ramble Treks logo, and a hat!
Please note: The trekking times indicated Below are approximate and are best used as general guidelines. During the Everest Gokyo Lake Trek, you’ll be able to travel freely at your own pace. We also recommend arriving in Kathmandu at least one day before your scheduled itinerary begins; this will allow you to meet with our trekking team in advance to learn more about your planned activities. Staying in Kathmandu for an extra day or two at the end of the itinerary will also provide you with a more flexible schedule in the event that mountain flights between Kathmandu and Lukla are delayed due to weather.